3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

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3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Tom Burns » Thu, May 03 2012, 1:10PM

Hello:

I am an experienced 3D artist learning cabinetmaking in college now and am trying to transfer my 3D skills into the area of CNC.

With 3D Studio Max, we build objects using polygon meshes and while I am told one can tranfer 3D Studio Max files to a CNC machine, I never found out exactly how this is done other than someone mentioning "exporting your file as a .DXF". I am sure there is much more to it than that, though.

Can someone please fill me in on what is involved in making a 3D mesh ready to be loaded onto a Thermwood (or any CNC) machine, please?

Thanks in advance and I hope I posted this question in the correct section.

Tom

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Daniel Odom » Thu, May 03 2012, 5:29PM

You need a cam program capable of 3-d machining such as mastercam, artcam, vectric cut 3d , etc.

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Scott Marshburn » Thu, May 03 2012, 5:42PM

Hi Tom
Unless your software has a post processor for your machine you can not generate the appropriate code to cut a 3d carving. You need a different program such as ARTcam or Master cam installed on your computer. Then you export the file from 3d Max as a dxf or a stl to that program and apply the appropriate tool paths etc. then save that file under a name and load it to your machine

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Tom Burns » Thu, May 03 2012, 11:27PM

Ah, Thanks very much for your replies, Scott and Daniel.

I'll look those up (he said hoping one of those programs are free but braces for disappointment).

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Kerry Fullington » Fri, May 04 2012, 6:18AM

Tom,

CNC Toolkit might be worth a look.

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Scott Marshburn » Fri, May 04 2012, 5:23PM

wow Kerry you truly are the man I will have to check this out.

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Re: 3D Studio Max Files To CNC-ready File - How?

Postby Tom Burns » Fri, May 04 2012, 8:34PM

Scott Marshburn wrote:wow Kerry you truly are the man I will have to check this out.


I concur!

I bookmarked it and will check it out thins weekend.

Thank you, Kerry!


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